- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita, Kansas, man has been convicted of murder and child abuse in the 2015 death of her then-girlfriend’s 17-month-old daughter.

KAKE-TV (https://bit.ly/2mGsKAZ ) reports that a Sedgwick County jury found 22-year-old Michael Ross guilty of second-degree intentional murder and the alternative first-degree murder charge. The prosecutor’s office says in a statement that a judge now is required to sentence Ross on the first-degree murder conviction because it’s the most severe.

Grace Harris died at a hospital in November 2015. A coroner determined she died of blunt-force trauma to her head and neck.

Police said hospital staff found bruises and bite marks on the girl’s body, swelling and bleeding of her brain and a fractured leg.

Ross has previously told police that the child sustained the injuries in a fall.

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Information from: KAKE-TV.

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